Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners
Cornell University Cooperative Extension has launched a Web site, Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners, to help home gardeners. Based on a free exchange of information, this citizen science project invites home gardeners to rate how different varieties performed in their gardens. As more and more information is collected, the best vegetable varieties will begin to stand out, helping others make choices for their own gardens.
Perhaps the most important aspect of this project is that it might encourage seed companies to take into consideration the needs of home gardeners, not just commercial growers, when choosing what seeds to offer. Commercial growers value things like uniformity in size and harvest date, as well as tolerance of shipping, at least as much as taste. On this site, home gardeners can have their say.
Shows & Events
Perennial Plant Symposium
The Atlanta Botanical Garden and the Georgia Perennial Plant Association present their annual Perennial Plant Symposium on Saturday, February 9, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Experts will show you how you can create your own eco-friendly dream garden. Speakers include Katy Moss Warner, Mark Fockele, Carole Ottesen, Jeff Lowenfels, and Jamie Blackburn. The cost of the symposium is $57 for members of the garden and GPPA Members, $67 nonmembers, and $10 for lunch. For more information or to register, call (404) 876-5859 ext. 2558.